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wiping hard drive and reinstalling xp

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by cptpooface, Sep 2, 2004.

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  1. cptpooface

    cptpooface Thread Starter

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    My computer is driving me crazy, it is way slower than it should be, I get errors all the time, pretty much nothing works like it should. So I thought I would wipe my hard drive and reinstall windows. I got my windows disk out and it asked me for the serial number, I looked everywhere and I cannot find my s/n. I don't even know what its on. I have a dell 4500 and I have the owners manual out, but it doesn't have the serial number in it anywhere. I have reinstalled windows once before, but I don't remember where I put the s/n. I know its on that certificate of authenticity, but I have no idea what the c of a is on. I have a bunch of paper cd cases from dell that have the driver cd's but I can't find the one the windows disc came in. I have been looking on the internet for a way to recover the s/n, and I found one place that said it could be done, but you had to pay for the answer, so I came here. Is there any way that I can recover my serial number, and if not, could someone at least tell me what to look for, if the s/n is in a manual or on a disc case? I promise I have a legal copy, if I didn't I would just use one of the hundreds of serials I found on the internet, but I want to use the one that came with my computer so I don't run into any problems. If anyone knows of anything to help me out please let me know, Thanks.
     
  2. DFW

    DFW Malware Specialist

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    Have you looked for a sticker on the side of you pc tower
     
  3. physician

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    What is your OS? Win2k asks for the serial number of the disk which is on the envelope it comes in...doc
     
  4. crjdriver

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    This should help you out.
     
  5. redoak

    redoak Gone but never forgotten

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    Right on, crjdriver! Also, Belarc Advisor will give it.
     
  6. dawgoner

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    cptpooface, I have a Dell dimension 4500 too, and the product key number and serial numbers are on the side of the tower of your computer. On mine is on the left side....
     
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